Recipe for All-Natural, Homemade Body Wash with Essential Oils
After buying three bottles of Aesop’s body wash as Christmas gifts for friends, I didn’t have enough budget left to get one for the husband when he remarked how much he loved the scent from the Aesop’s Resurrect range. Being Huntingmama, I had to find a way to make it work. After gathering research from a few sources, this is the recipe I have come up with.
Not only is this super simple to make, all natural and free from harmful preservatives and chemicals, it also contains the benefits of essential oils.
First, I researched on the ingredients to make an all-natural body wash that is not only moisturising but also lathers up well. Then I looked up the ingredients on Aesop’s bottle to get clues on which essential oils to use to make up a similar scent. The scent is actually for a handwash but can be used on the body as well.
After lots of trials and error and letting him smell the concoction, this is our final recipe to achieve that woody, citrusy and lightly minty scent that’s bound to make you relax immediately and fill you with a sense of joy as you lather up. Disclaimer: It doesn’t quite match up to the Resurrect scent but is still nice in its own way.
I’ve included the links of where I bought the items directly in the recipe to make it easier to purchase them. All, except the castile soap and lavender essential oil are from iherb because that’s where you can find the best prices for this product range. My preferred brands for essential oils are Aura Cacia and Plant Therapy, followed by Now Foods, not only because of the rave reviews but also from articles I gathered from my essential oils research.
Here’s what you’ll need.
- a teaspoon
- an empty 250ml – 500ml soap dispenser bottle (Mine is almost 500ml so I have the option to make bigger batches in future). Try to go for glass as essential oils can eat into plastics and dissolve them. Amber coloured ones help prevent oxidation of the essential oil via UV light)
- 250ml DR BRONNER’S Baby Unscented Pure Castile Liquid Soap
- 1 teaspoon Organic Jojoba Oil (optional, but makes the soap extra moisturising and luxurious)
- 30 drops in total of essential oils (You can go up to max 40 drops)
- 2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin (This is to make the soap lather well. Add this last, after you have finalised your EO blend as it will make your soap lather up as you try to mix it)
Essential Oil Fragrance Blend (for 250g):
Organic Sweet Orange 23 drops
Cedar Atlas 2 drops
Lavender 2 drops
Rosemary Leaf 2 drops
Note that this is not the final blend. It is a base for you to start from. You will increase the concentration for each oil to your own preference in the final step.
Step 1: Pour the ingredients listed, in order, starting from the Castile Soap into the empty bottle. Leave out the vegetable glycerin at this point.
Step 2: Once you’ve put in all the ingredients, tilt the bottle upside down, then back up, and repeat a few times to mix everything evenly. Do not shake the bottle as it will cause the soap to sud up and it’ll be harder to do your smell test with all the suds inside. This is also why we leave the vegetable glycerin till after we finalise the essential oil blend.
Step 3: Open up the bottle and smell the fragrance. Add drops of whatever smell you prefer to be stronger. For e.g., Shawn loves the woody scent of Cedar Atlas and asked for more of it. I added 2 drops at a time and finally got to 9 drops before he was satisfied with it.
My final blend for him worked out to be:
Sweet Orange 23 drops
Cedar Atlas 9 drops
Lavender 5 drops
Rosemary 3 drops
Step 4: Add 2 teaspoonfuls of vegetable glycerin into the mixture and tilt the bottle upside down and back up a few times to mix them.
Important: As with all essential oils, it is important to test with a small portion of your skin to ensure that you’re not sensitive to any of the oils. You may want to start off with a total of 30 drops instead of 40 for 250ml of soap base. NEVER go beyond 40 drops of oil. This recipe is suitable only for adults.
Note: Contrary to what many MLM companies will have you know, essential oils should not be used on young children and even teens. Neither should they be ingested. Use essential oils with lots of caution.